The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete assignments 4, 6, and one of the remaining assignments:
1. 2 Nephi 28. False, Vain, and Foolish Doctrines to Avoid
Nephi’s prophecies in 2 Nephi 28 help identify false doctrines and sinful practices that exist in our day. Read 2 Nephi 28 and the institute student manual commentaries “2 Nephi 28:6–9: ‘False and Vain and Foolish Doctrines’” and “2 Nephi 28:19–22: Strategies of the Devil” (pages 101–3). Fill in the following chart by making two lists from 2 Nephi 28—one list for false doctrines and another for sinful attitudes and actions. Be aware that some of Nephi’s prophecies can fit in either column.
From your lists select three false doctrines, attitudes, or actions and briefly explain in writing why you think each is considered evil in the sight of God. From your lists identify three elements that you think are common problems with youth today. For each of these three things, write what you need to do to not be deceived by Satan.
2. 2 Nephi 28:30–32; 2 Nephi 29. The Bible and the Book of Mormon
Read 2 Nephi 28:30–32 and write your responses to the following questions:
- How does the Lord teach us?
- What must we avoid to receive more counsel and wisdom?
Read 2 Nephi 29:1–2 and list the things the Lord promises to do in the last days as part of this “marvelous work” (verse 1).
The Lord warned in 2 Nephi 29:3 that some would reject the Book of Mormon by saying that they need no more scripture than the Bible. The Lord calls this response foolish in 2 Nephi 29:4. Read 2 Nephi 29:7–14 and the student manual commentary “2 Nephi 28:28–30: ‘Wo Be unto Him That Shall Say . . . We Have Enough’ Scripture” (pages 103–4). Identify and list as many reasons as you can find why we need the Book of Mormon and what it will do, in spite of already having the blessing of a Bible.
3. 2 Nephi 30. The Lord’s Covenant People and the Millennium
Read 2 Nephi 30:2; Romans 9:6–7 (see also 7a). Read the entry “Israel” in the Bible Dictionary or the Guide to the Scriptures. In one or two paragraphs write an answer to the question, “What does it mean to be the covenant people of the Lord?”
Read 2 Nephi 30:1–7, and write a paragraph explaining what you learn about these three groups: Jews, descendants of Lehi, and Gentiles. Then respond to the following questions:
- How will these three groups of people receive the gospel in the last days?
- What role does the Book of Mormon play in this latter–day gathering of Israel?
Read 2 Nephi 30:8–18, which contains prophecies concerning the last days, the Second Coming, and the Millennium. From these verses list at least three Millennial conditions described. In addition, write a paragraph about the condition you are most looking forward to and why.
4. 2 Nephi 31. The Doctrine of Christ
- What are specific points of the doctrine of Christ that you find in 2 Nephi 31:13, 16?
- How does Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s statement in the student manual help you see the position of “the doctrine of Christ” that Nephi set forth in relation to all of the other doctrines of the gospel?
Write a paragraph that explains how the principles set forth in 2 Nephi 31:19–21 help us know how to apply the doctrine of Christ continually throughout our lifetimes.
- Read the student manual commentaries “2 Nephi 31:15–16: ‘Endure to the End’” and “2 Nephi 31:19–20: Press Forward” (page 109). Write a few sentences explaining how enduring to the end means more than merely patiently suffering through the hardships in our lives.
5. 2 Nephi 31:5–9. Purposes of Baptism
Read 2 Nephi 31:5–9 and the student manual commentary “2 Nephi 31:4–10: ‘He Having Set the Example Before Them’” (page 107). Then list three reasons or purposes Nephi gave for why the Savior was baptized.
6. 2 Nephi 32. The Power of Scripture, the Holy Ghost, and Prayer
Second Nephi 32 teaches principles related to pressing forward on the path that leads to eternal life. Read 2 Nephi 32:1–5 and the student manual commentary “2 Nephi 32:5: ‘All Things What Ye Should Do’” (page 110). Respond in writing to the following:
- How do the words of Christ we receive through the Holy Ghost help us remain on the path leading to eternal life?
Write a paragraph about what you think the difference is between reading the words of Christ and feasting on them. What can you do to make your scripture study experience more of a “feast”? (see also the student manual commentary “2 Nephi 31:20; 32:3: ‘Feast upon the Words of Christ’” [pages 109–10]).
Read 2 Nephi 32:8–9 and look for one way the Lord has provided for us to access the Holy Ghost. Write a paragraph that explains why you think scriptures, the Holy Ghost, and prayer are the topics that Nephi chose to emphasize as he concluded an explanation of the doctrines of Christ.
Why do you think Satan, “the evil one,” teaches us not to pray?
7. 2 Nephi 33. Nephi’s Final Testimony
Read 2 Nephi 33:7–9 and list the three groups Nephi addressed in his final testimony. Nephi began his testimony with the phrase “and now” in 2 Nephi 33:10. After reading verses 10–15, write a paragraph explaining what Nephi testified of and what you believe is the foundation of Nephi’s testimony. How can Nephi’s testimony of the Savior strengthen your testimony?